Tamsulosin for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Tamsulosin is used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It belongs to a group of medicines called alpha-blockers. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Using Tamsulosin for BPH may reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland by relaxing the muscles in the bladder and prostate so you can pee more easily.
What are the Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
- Frequent or urgent need to urinate
- Difficulty starting urination
- Dribbling at the end of urination
- Inability to completely empty the bladder
- Weak urine stream or a stream that stops and starts
What are the Risk Factors of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
- Diabetes and heart disease. The risk of BPH may be increased by diabetes, heart disease, and beta blockers.
- Family history. If you have a blood relative with prostate problems, such as a father or brother, you are more likely to suffer from them as well.
- Aging. Men younger than 40 are rarely affected by prostate gland enlargement. About one-third of men experience moderate to severe symptoms by age 60, and about half do so by age 80.
- Lifestyle. The risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia increases with obesity, while it can be reduced with exercise.
How Does Tamsulosin Work for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Tamsulosin works by blocking the receptors found in the muscle in the prostate gland. It causes the muscle in the prostate to relax by relieving the pressure on the urethra. Tamsulosin allows the urine to flow through the prostate gland and makes it easier for urine to pass and leaves the bladder empty.
Who Can and Cannot Take Tamsulosin for BPH?
Tamsulosin can be taken by adults 18 years old and above as per a doctor’s prescription. However, if you have had an allergic reaction to tamsulosin or any other similar medicine in the past, you are not permitted to take this medication. Avoid taking Tamsulosin if you have have orthostatic hypotensionor you have severe liver or kidney problems.
Homecare Treatment for BPH While Using Tamsulosin
- Limit beverages in the evening and limit caffeine and alcohol. They can increase urine production, irritate the bladder and worsen symptoms.
- Go when you first feel the urge. Overstretching the bladder muscle might cause damage if you wait too long.
- Schedule bathroom visits. Try to urinate at regular times to retrain the bladder.
- Follow a healthy diet. Prostate enlargement is associated with obesity.
- Stay active because even a small amount of exercise can help reduce urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate.
- Limit decongestants or antihistamines. Taking these drugs makes urinating difficult because they tighten the muscles surrounding the urethra.
- Keep warm because urine retention and increased urination urgency can be caused by colder temperatures.